Why am I having so many problems with my graphics?
I have the following graphics card installed in my HP a6554f desktop:
ZOTAC ZT-40608-10L GeForce GT 430 Video Card - 2GB, DDR3, PCI-Express 2.0 (x16), 2x Dual-Link DVI, 1x Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Single-Slot
It states that I need at least a 300w power supply which is what I have, 300w. Now, I don't even know if my issues are being caused by the card or something else.
It first started yesterday. I was playing a game on pogo.com that I play everyday. Suddenly, my monitors flashed and my aero was no longer working.
I kept playing and there was another flash and my graphics came back to aero mode.
Today I was just composing an email and suddenly, my monitors went to sleep! My computer did not shut down and as I was typing, nothing should have gone to sleep! Besides, I have my performance settings to, "Never sleep"!
Nothing I did would re-awake my monitors so I had to do a forced shut-down. I restarted, selected start windows normally and all has been well for about an hour.
I guess I should add that I am running 2 HP w1907 monitors!
I checked all connections and nothing is loose. I checked for recent updates and there have been none in the last few days.
I check for updates to my system and components on a weekly basis. I keep my computer clean inside & out.
I did a system check and everything is working properly.
Any ideas? Is it possible that running just the minimum psu is not a smart idea? I have 3 internal hard drives and an external hard drive. Don't know if that makes any difference???
7GB of RAM
- DylanLv 49 years agoFavorite Answer
Sounds like you're really pushing that PSU to it's limits. I'd recommend an upgrade, PSU's aren't expensive. I'd go with Antec, I have an old 400 watt Antec Smart Power and it's great, no power issues, it's old but still works. I also plan on getting a similar card only it's the 440 version which is ever so slightly better. Just barely, though.
- .Lv 69 years ago
ur psu isn't strong enough u need 350-400 watts of a quality psu antec earth watts would serve u well
i know the requires power supply is 300 watts for that card but its a generic psu and just doesn't have enough amps on the 12 volt rail to power the card etc u need at least 22 amps
a too low of a power supply can cause
bad 3D performance
spontaneous reset or imminent shutdown of the PC
freezing during gameplay
PSU overload can cause it to break down